15 Pages Posted: 10 Aug 2012
Date Written: March 1, 2012
The problems of racial bias pervade the criminal justice system. In this paper a subject that is not much talked about -- the issue of how racial bias affects defense attorneys and the need for defense attorneys to acknowledge implicit and explicit racial biases as a matter of practice -- is examined. Specifically, the paper covers problems of racial bias when defense attorneys make assumptions about (1) their clients, and (2) veniremen during voir dire.
Keywords: criminal defense, racial bias, criminal justice
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Lyon, Andrea D., Race Bias and the Importance of Consciousness for Criminal Defense Attorneys (March 1, 2012). Seattle University Law Review, Vol. 35, p. 755, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2127807